03-01-1936 - 18-01-1996
Jos Kunst was first and foremost a thinker; all of his work, whether music, poetry, essays, or research, revolved around the connection between the maker, the object and the observer. This, according to Kunst, created a “learning process” founded on logical mechanisms that could be described in mathematical-logical terms – ...
Biography Jos Kunst
Jos Kunst was first and foremost a thinker; all of his work, whether music, poetry, essays, or research, revolved around the connection between the maker, the object and the observer. This, according to Kunst, created a “learning process” founded on logical mechanisms that could be described in mathematical-logical terms – this by no means is to say that as an artist he placed all his faith in rules or precepts. His idiom was decidedly avant-gardist, but Kunst also explored the edges of that region. “Let everyone open their ears wide, and beyond that think what they will. If all goes well, the music will take hold of their thoughts, giving them if not substance, then form. Possibly, the production of meaningful structures, attitudes of thought, is in the long run more effective than the imposition of concrete ideas. Perhaps music is still good for something”, Kunst wrote in a text he used as the standard introduction to all his works.
1953 - 1966
According to his self-written biography, Jos Kunst (born January 3, 1936, in Roermond) studied Romance languages and literature from 1953, mathematics and logic from 1961 and music (with Joep Straesser and Ton de Leeuw) from 1963.
1967 - 1969
He receives the AVRO Encouragement Prize at the International Guadeamus Competition for Insecten (1966), for 13 strings, and two years later the First Prize at the Gaudeamus competition for Arboreal (1968), for orchestra.
Upon completing his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, he is awarded the Prize for Composition. He teaches French literature. He also teaches composition and contemporary music at the conservatories in Zwolle and Amsterdam.
With Jan Vriend, he composes Elements of Logic, for wind orchestra.
He stops composing. In his own words, he no longer has “faith that an in any way vital and engaged cultural group exists that could make the so-called 'new' classical music viable and with which he, even from a distance, could feel even the slightest connection. Wishes to remain involved with music, and thus chooses the roundabout route via academics, in this case musicology”.
Kunst becomes an instructor of 20th-century music in the musicology faculty of Utrecht University. He works primarily on the development of cognitive musicology, in which the object of study is no so much the composition, but rather the listener.
He is awarded his doctorate on the thesis Making sense in music. An enquiry into the formal pragmatics of art (Communication & Cognition, Ghent).
He publishes a volume of poems entitled Niemand blijft ooit zichzelf [“Nobody Ever Stays Himself”] (Meulenhoff, Amsterdam).
He resigns as an instructor at the Utrecht University. His book Filosofie van de muziekwetenschap [Philosophy of Musicology] is published by Nijhoff.
He resumes composing and in addition makes a study of the history of Platonism in antiquity.
He finishes his last completed composition, the Concertino for piano, winds and percussion.
Jos Kunst dies in Utrecht on January 18.
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